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Physics - Optics & Lasers | Electrodynamics - An Intensive Course


An Intensive Course

Chaichian, Masud, Merches, Ioan, Tureanu, Anca

2015, XVI, 507 p.

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  • Presents a comprehensive description of electromagnetic phenomena and the applications of electrodynamics with no less than 130 problems and solutions
  • Applies an axiomatic approach, deriving the laws of electrodynamics from first principles
  • The first textbook in electrodynamics to be based on the Bologna principles

This book is devoted to the fundamentals of Classical Electrodynamics, one of the most beautiful and productive theories in physics. A general survey on the applicability of physical theories shows that only few theories can be compared to Electrodynamics. Essentially, all electric and electronic devices used around the World are based on the Theory of Electromagnetism. 

It was Maxwell who created, for the first time, a unified description of the electric and magnetic phenomena in his electromagnetic field theory.

Remarkably, Maxwell's theory contained in itself also the relativistic invariance of the Special Relativity, a fact which was discovered only a few decades later. 

The present book is an outcome of the authors' teaching experience over many years in different countries and for different students studying diverse fields of physics. The book is intended for students at the level of undergraduate and graduate studies in physics, astronomy, engineering, applied mathematics and for researchers working in related subjects. 

We hope that the reader will not only acquire knowledge, but will also grasp the beauty of Theoretical Physics. A set of about 130 solved and proposed problems shall help to attain this aim.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Maxwell's equations - electrodynamics phenomena - electromagnetic field - electromagnetic waves - special and general theory of relativity - textbook electrodynamics - textbook electromagnetic field - textbook relativity

Related subjects » Optics & Lasers - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

Table of contents 

Electrostatic Field.- Field of Stationary Currents.- Electromagnetic Field.- Electromagnetic Waves.- Elements of Magnetofluid Dynamics.- Special Relativity.- Minkowski Space.- Relativistic Formulation of  Electrodynamics in Minkowski Space.- General Theory of Relativity.- Appendix.

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